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50 Interview Questions

50 Interview Questions

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Published by: Kuljit Singh on May 22, 2011
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1. Tell Us a little about yourself.
I'd be very surprised if you haven't been asked this one at every interview. It'sprobably the most asked question because it sets the stage for the interview andit gets you talking. Be careful not to give the interviewer your life story here.You don't need to explain everything from birth to present day. Relevant factsabout education, your career and your current life situation are fine.
2. Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job)?
This should be a straightforward question to answer, but it can trip you up.Presumably you are looking for a new job (or any job) because you wantto
and get a position that allows you to grow as a personand an employee. It's not a good idea to mention money here, it can make yousound mercenary. And if you are in the unfortunate situation of having beendownsized, stay positive and be as brief as possible about it. If you were fired,you'll need a good explanation. But once again, stay positive.
3. Tell me what you know about this company.
Do your homework before you go to any interview. Whether it's being the VP of marketing or the mailroom clerk, you should know about the company orbusiness you're going to work for. Has this company been in the news lately?Who are the people in the company you should know about? Do the backgroundwork, it will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and isgenuinely interested in the company and the job.
4. Why do you want to work at X Company?
This should be directly related to the last question. Any research you've done onthe company should have led you to the conclusion that you'd want to workthere. After all, you're at the interview, right? Put some thought into this answerbefore you have your interview, mention your career goals and highlightforward-thinking goals and career plans.
5. What relevant experience do you have?
Hopefully if you're applying for this position you have bags of related experience,and if that's the case you should mention it all. But if you're switching careers ortrying something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it'smatching up. That's when you need a little honest creativity to match theexperiences required with the ones you have. People skills are people skills afterall, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to internalmanagement positions, and so on.
6. If your previous co-workers were here, what would they say aboutyou?
Ok, this is not the time for full disclosure. If some people from your past aregoing to say you're a boring A-hole, you don't need to bring that up. Staypositive, always, and maybe have a few specific quotes in mind. "They'd say Iwas a hard worker" or even better "John Doe has always said I was the mostreliable, creative problem-solver he'd ever met."
7. Have you done anything to further your experience?
This could include anything from night classes to hobbies and sports. If it'srelated, it's worth mentioning. Obviously anything to do with further education isgreat, but maybe you're spending time on a home improvement project to workon skills such as self-sufficiency, time management and motivation.
8. Where else have you applied?
This is a good way to hint that you're in demand, without sounding like you'rewhoring yourself all over town. So, be honest and mention a few othercompanies but don't go into detail. The fact that you're seriously looking andkeeping your options open is what the interviewer is driving at.
9. How are you when you're working under pressure?
Once again, there are a few ways to answer this but they should all be positive.You may work well under pressure, you may thrive under pressure, and you may
actually PREFER working under pressure. If you say you crumble like aged bluecheese, this is not going to help you get your foot in the door.
10. What motivates you to do a good job?
The answer to this one is not money, even if it is. You should be motivated bylife's noble pursuits. You want recognition for a job well done. You want tobecome better at your job. You want to help others or be a leader in your field.
11. What's your greatest strength?
This is your chance to shine. You're being asked to explain why you are a greatemployee, so don't hold back and stay do stay positive. You could be someonewho thrives under pressure, a great motivator, an amazing problem solver orsomeone with extraordinary attention to detail. If your greatest strength,however, is to drink anyone under the table or get a top score on Mario Kart,keep it to yourself. The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths.
12. What's your biggest weakness?
If you're completely honest, you may be kicking yourself in the butt. If you sayyou don't have one, you're obviously lying. This is a horrible question and onethat politicians have become masters at answering. They say things like "I'mperhaps too committed to my work and don't spend enough time with myfamily." Oh, there's a fireable offense. I've even heard "I think I'm too good atmy job, it can often make people jealous." Please, let's keep our feet on theground. If you're asked this question, give a small, work-related flaw that you'reworking hard to improve. Example: "I've been told I occasionally focus on detailsand miss the bigger picture, so I've been spending time laying out the completeproject every day to see my overall progress."
13. Let's talk about salary. What are you looking for?
Run for cover! This is one tricky game to play in an interview. Even if you knowthe salary range for the job, if you answer first you're already showing all your

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